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2008.03.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Malcolm X Festival Welcomes National Political Strategist

Omaha - The Department of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will welcome senior political strategist and professor Donna Brazile as keynote speaker to the 2008 Malcolm X Festival, April 2-3 at UNO. Brazile will speak Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m.

The annual event brings to Omaha a forum to further explore and expand awareness of Malcolm X and his significance to the nation. This year’s theme is “The Ballot or the Bullet: Politics and Malcolm X.”

Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates, LLC. Brazile, chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, is a senior political strategist and former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000 - the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign.

Prior to joining the Gore campaign, Brazile was chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia where she helped guide the District's budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill.

A veteran of numerous national and statewide campaigns, Brazile has worked on several presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates, including: Carter-Mondale in 1976 and 1980; Rev. Jesse Jackson's first historic bid for the presidency in 1984; Mondale-Ferraro in 1984; U.S. Representative Dick Gephardt in 1988; Dukakis-Bentsen in 1988; and Clinton-Gore in 1992 and 1996.

In addition to working on political campaigns, Brazile has served as a senior lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.

The annual Malcolm X Festival at UNO brings together leading Malcolm X scholars, Omaha area students and artists to continue to build on the teachings and issues Malcolm X brought to the forefront of American society. For more information about the Malcolm X Festival, call (402) 554-2412.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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